A new Waltons movie with Richard Thomas is coming to television

The original John-Boy actor will narrate a rebooted version of “The Homecoming.”

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Richard Thomas is coming back to Walton's Mountain, in a manner of speaking. He'll be narrating, presumably in the "older John-Boy" role that Early Hamner Jr. played in the original series, a TV holiday special titled The Waltons' Homecoming. Set to air later this year on the CW network, it's a new version of the small-screen movie that first introduced audiences to the Walton family.

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story first aired in December 1971. Based on writer Earl Hamner's real-life upbringing, it followed a large family coping with the hardships of the Great Depression while eagerly awaiting the return of their father on Christmas Eve. It was a much more faithful adaptation of Hamner's life than the 1963 Henry Fonda movie Spencer's Mountain, which was set in the present day and relocated to Wyoming instead of the mountains of Virginia.

The Homecoming was a hit but it wasn't exactly a pilot for The Waltons. It featured the same seven children, including Richard Thomas as John-Boy, but most of the adult roles were given to different actors for the series. Ellen Corby was the only adult actor to be in both The Homecoming and The Waltons.

The new movie is intended to be a standalone special but, like the original Homecoming, could inspire more if the network sees a good enough opportunity. The plot and time period remain similar to the original. John-Boy Walton, who secretly harbors dreams of becoming a writer, must decide between following in his father’s footsteps and striking out on his own. Things are complicated by the fact that his father’s journey home on Christmas Eve is delayed by a terrible storm and John-Boy must venture out to find him.

Besides Richard Thomas returning to narrate, two lead casting announcements have been made. Bellamy Young, who was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and played Mellie Grant in Scandal, will be the new Olivia Walton and Logan Shroyer, who played the younger version of Kevin in This Is Us, will star as John-Boy.

The Everett CollectionBellamy Young in 'Dolly Parton's Heartstrings.'

The Waltons' Homecoming will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first time the famous Virginian family appeared on television. Whether it will inspire a new series next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original show remains to be seen. Leave a comment letting us know what you think of this Waltons reboot.

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GaryWalden 4 days ago
It's going to be a flop, without having some of the original kid actors in it...not going to watch it.
Ric 5 days ago
Greetings. As for another series like "The Waltons", Good is Good, no matter when it happens. The qualities of The Waltons are timeless, universal. Every generation stands to benefit from them.
Cyn_Finnegan 8 days ago
Hate to break this to the racist haters, but political correctness was created by the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany to spread communism outside the borders of the USSR. It's been adopted, not by Liberals, but by the very people who falsely call Liberals communists. It is, in fact, a "kinder, gentler" form of racism.
By the way, in the original series, the Walton family had black neighbors. They were featured/shown several times during the series' run.
SheriHeffner 11 days ago
Personally, I don't think they need to make a reboot of The Waltons. Leave well enough alone.
sierra127 20 days ago
On the
Walton Mmmm maybe. Call it the. Nexts Generation New cast along with old cast. Bring back old Footage for. Them to remember their family with old hardships and. Pass Reality we all have ancestors and start up a Generation
litehawk 21 days ago
So when is the date of this Walton's reboot.
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lynngdance 21 days ago
MeTV is no place for that kind of offensive language! Gee, and I thought it was bad when people started talking about politics in the comment section, but racial slurs?!?!? This can NOT be tolerated. I’ve reported you, and I encourage others to do the same. Let’s put aside the fact that MeTV is (unless this keeps up) a friendly, lighthearted place to talk about classic Tv, I don’t care where you say stuff like that, it’s cruel no matter where you say it. It’s very sad that people still use such racist language, and have the audacity to say it online. All people deserve respect.
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CelticTwilight 23 days ago
Old racist white guy is upset over tv becoming more diverse, what a shock. 🙄
Corey 22 days ago
Tim is right. Hollywood is woke so it wouldn't be surprising that they would pull the PC crap.
Abitibibob 22 days ago
Looks like you don't have the intellect to allow for differences of opinion without calling someone a racist!
CelticTwilight 22 days ago
Another racist equating diversity with, how did you phrase it, "PC crap."
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lillymarie 23 days ago
I like the idea of a new Walton movie. I always loved to watch the waltons & we need shows like that again.
pdbronco 23 days ago
Just show the original. It was a great made-for-TV movie. There is no need to reboot everything. It just shows that Hollywood has lost all creativity.
remodel18 23 days ago
I can't imagine other actors taking the place of the original. Sometimes it is best to leave well enough alone.
Kbrown 23 days ago
I look forward to the new Homecoming movie.
DwayneWest 23 days ago
Why not just have a nice Christmas movie with the original cast of the Waltons? I think people would like to see what they all look like today in a new movie. I can't imagined doing a reboot. Believe me I've seen plenty of them and it just isn't the same.
CountStone62 DwayneWest 23 days ago
I agree with you.
Corey DwayneWest 22 days ago
The only elder Walton who is still alive is Michael Learned aka Olivia Walton.
JoyceYost DwayneWest 22 days ago
I also agree with your idea, Dwayne. 100%
Kenner DwayneWest 22 days ago
That would be nice except many of the originals are DEAD now.
stephaniestavr5 23 days ago
Who's Early Hamner?!?!
Apparently someone didn't check their spelling (lol).
Earl Hamner is the man John Boy Walton is based off of.. He wrote the Waltons..
DUH!! If you reread my question, I was asking who EARLY Hamner is. Because that is the name that is mentioned in the article.
remodel18, understood my question. Thank you, remodel18!
MartyHoward 23 days ago
Hollyweird can't do any original stuff anymore, they got to ruin all the golden oldies by remaking them...
RebeccaDavisLloyd 23 days ago
Somethings are better off untouched or revisited. Let us who grew up with the original episodes remember the good times in peace.
UTZAAKE 23 days ago
Love the picture of Richard Thomas as FBI Special Agent Frank Gaad from FX's The Americans. Bellamy Young currently plays the mother of the protagonist in FOX's Prodigal Son.
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CelticTwilight 23 days ago
Not as awful as your bigoted hateful lifestyle.
Corey 22 days ago
Have you ever watched The CW the wokest channel.
adamjared 22 days ago
Spot on Phillip. The CW is one of the most liberal non family values networks going. It is guaranteed to be filled with woke non family garbage.
Kenner 22 days ago
Lol yep.👍
melissaharrison 23 days ago
I'm can't seem get the show up u want and won't play
I couldn't watch it anything nothing
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